West Ham United have secured the signing of Alex Kral, according to reports…
The ever-reliable ExWHUemployee dropped a major update to his ‘The West Ham Way’ Patreon page as the Hammers close in on their second signing of the day and fourth of the summer transfer window.
“Kral done,” he said.
“I have just spoke to one of my best sources he has told me that everything with Kral is done. All that needs to happen is for pen to go on the paper.
“The player held talks with the club (which I heavily reported) at the start of the window but they didn’t want to sign him. The player was keen to join. This loan deal gives them the option to see how good he is, following some doubts over his Euro performances before signing. He is good friends with our current Czech mates.”
This should leave Hammers boss David Moyes a very happy man as he’s got a new midfielder to bolster his engine room ahead of what could be a very busy campaign come to the end of the season.
The Irons will soon be competing in the Europa League group stages, so two matches a week will quickly become the norm and prior to this arrival, the Scot was not well-stocked in the middle.
An injury or suspension to either Tomas Soucek or Declan Rice would see the returning Mark Noble step up to the plate and considering he only started eight league games last season, that’s not the best solution.
Kral is also a player that Moyes has seemingly scouted in depth. He named the 23-year-old Czech Republic international in his ‘ones to watch’ in The Times for Euro 2020.
‘He is likely to start in the Czech midfield alongside Tomas Soucek and is similar in stature to Tomas, though plays in a slightly different style. He is good on the ball and looks to protect his defence and appears to have, like Tomas and Vladimir Coufal, great mentality and bags of energy.’
Having modelled his game on a player of Toni Kroos’ calibre, Moyes could well be getting a very shrewd player in Kral and one that is ultimately risk-free, thanks to the nature of the deal.
Ex believes that it’s a loan move with an option to buy for an initial £12m. That could turn out to be an absolute steal just like with his international teammates, Soucek and Coufal.
On the above evidence, Moyes will be buzzing as he nears another signing on deadline day.